Maribor humiliated by Liverpool in Champions League

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Premier League giants Liverpool registered their first UEFA Champions League win of the season with a 7-0 thrashing of Slovenian side NK Maribor at the Stadion Ljudski Vrt.

Champions League action returns this week with Matchday 3 of the group stage. Denis Sme will miss Tuesday's match for Maribor, who now sit in last place on the league table. Back home though, the hosts are in the mix for the 1.

Despite being considered favourites heading into the group, the Reds had managed just two points from their opening two matches, draws versus Sevilla and Spartak Moscow.

The Egypt worldwide and Roberto Firmino both bagged braces while further goals from Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the Kops their biggest ever European win.

It was all Liverpool in a match that was all too comfortable for the visitors. But in Sadio Mane, the Liverpool boss is without the services of one of the most influential players in his squad. The Senegal worldwide suffered a hamstring injury during the global break which could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.

Adam Lallana is continuing to step his recovery from a thigh injury having returned to the club's training facilities at Melwood with a return date pencilled in for some time in November.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain though, would be itching to receive the elusive start, while Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah are unlikely to be rested for what is a highly important game.

"We want to go to the next round and we know we now play Maribor twice".

After scoring Liverpool's sixth against Maribor and his first since signing from Arsenal, second-half substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told The Guardian that there was a positive mentality at the club despite a hard start to the season that has left them eighth in the Premier League table.

"We had bad luck [in the last few matches]". The fitness issues also seem to have taken the sharpness out of his game, with Sturridge often struggling in front of goal.

However, it was only when Roberto Firmino notched his brace that Jurgen Klopp's Reds became the owners of a new club record.

Look at the recent draws against Sevilla, Burnley, Newcastle and on Saturday against United and Liverpool were by far the better team in all of those games.

Maribor are making their third appearance in the Champions League after 1999/00 and 2014/15 but have never reached the knockout stages. "Maribor is the place they [Liverpool] should rotate".

But, the gulf in class between the two sides might just be enough for the Merseyside club to eke out the required result.

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